On September 24th we got to go to the opening night of this year’s Knott’s Scary Farm and check out everything that the park has to offer. It was also Valerie’s first time ever experiencing a horror themed event, so needless to say the night was pretty damn awesome.
The way I feel about October and Halloween is the way most people feel about December and the winter holidays. The moment I step into that park and smell the artificial fog and sweet scent of funnel cake I am truly home.
What made this experience different from prior visits to Scary Farm is that this time we got to have Skeleton Keys, a concept unique to Knott’s Scary Farm. What are Skeleton Keys, you ask, and why is this relevant? Well, Skeleton Keys not only come with Fright Lane passes (you can skip that long pesky line), they also give you access to a special room in the maze with an interactive experience that you wouldn’t ordinarily get to experience. Skeleton Keys help to make the experience even more enjoyable. I have to say the maze with the best Skeleton Key room was Forevermore. I won’t give anything way, but what happened there was a deliciously creepy good time.
I enjoyed all of the mazes, but there are two mazes that deserve special recognition. Paranormal Inc. and Tooth Fairy really knocked it out of the ball park. The concept for Paranormal Inc. is that it’s a bit of a parody of all of those ghost hunter shows and takes place in a supposedly haunted asylum. As we, the guests, are about to be given a tour by the host of the show something goes terribly wrong! To quote one of the best phrases of modern times, “This shit just got real.”
Tooth Fairy is just downright creepy. I don’t even have a fear of dentists and this maze terrified me. If you are one of those people that have a fundamental fear of dentists or anything involving your teeth, this maze will be a nightmare come true for you. It was so atmospheric not just with appearances, but with sound effects as well. These were the two mazes where I was genuinely terrified. Well done, Scary Farm, well done.
Another great part of this time of year? Getting to accessorize, of course. Dianne and I made sure to rock our cute tote bags from RedBubble.com while running around and enjoying the shenanigans!
The one downside of the evening was that we were not able to experience Special Ops Infected which is the part of the night we were looking forward to the most. The wait for it was very long, and we had to make a choice between experiencing the other mazes, or waiting in line for Special Ops. We had already waited in line for about twenty minutes after our original designated call time, and after discovering we would have to wait a significant amount of time after that still, we made a call. Maybe next time, maybe next time.
We are also very professional in case you didn’t already pick that up about us.
It was nice to see a returning favorite of mine which is the Trick or Treat maze. That one is pretty much a scary version of “What if trick or treating went terribly awry when I was a child?” There are witches and ghouls out to get you! Eeek!
Did I mention that the scare zones were pretty damn awesome? Just a fair warning, if you run these guys will chase you. Trust me. I tried hiding in the girl’s bathroom once and ten minutes later that creepy ghostly cowboy was still out there waiting for me. Scary Farm is a fun horror movie come true.
Click here to see the full list of mazes and scare zones. to look forward to at this year’s Haunt.
Want a little more? Well guess what, we have a video of some of the shenanigans from inside the park!
We would like to thank Knott’s so very much for giving us the opportunity to check out the park and to see what this year’s Scary Farm has in store. If you’re in the Southern California area and want to make October as excellent as possible, then make sure to check out Knott’s Scary Farm. Until next time, kids, see you in the fog.
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Scary Farm runs from September 24th to October 31st.